A good article about energy saving steps a chapter can take.
Green is in. From the recent Live Earth concerts to the new Discovery TV channel PlanetGreen, the general public is becoming increasingly environmentally savvy. I still have reservations about the validity of the argument that human carbon emissions are causing the earth’s temperature to warm. However, I don’t have any reservations about the potential money your chapter can save on its electricity bill by installing energy saving products. Check below for tips on using hippy-technology to your benefit.And, since it is OK to "Do Well While Doing Good", tips on how to get the efforts noticed:
CFL [compact flourescent light] Bulbs:
Consider installing CFL’s everywhere you have incandescent bulbs. The initial cost of the bulbs can be anywhere between 3 and 10 times the cost of a regular light bulb. You’ll make up this cost in saved energy and also due to the fact that on average, CFL bulbs last 8 to 15 times longer than regular bulbs. On average, CFL’s use about 1/5 the energy comparable incandescents use.
A CFL can save you on average $25-$50 over its lifetime. Multiply that by the number of fixtures in your house and you’ve got some great savings...
Invite the Press:Fratastic - Turning your Chapter “Green”
Plan a “Green Weekend” to make these changes and invite the local press. People don’t usually put fraternity members in the “eco-friendly” category and your local TV station and newspaper would most likely love to cover your efforts. Consider putting out a press release and you might be surprised at the results and goodwill you gain.